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Thursday Doors: Prescott Downtown Series #1

Prescott has fascinating buildings downtown. The downtown is organized around Courthouse Square, one of the streets being Gurley. I think of Arnold Schwarzenegger every time I drive on it.

I’ve had my eye on three buildings since we moved here that have great doors. The first is a historic church on Gurley, the main street out of town to either Highway 89 that goes all the way to US Interstate 40 or 69 to Prescott Valley, AZ then off to Interstate 17 which goes south to Phoenix or north to Flagstaff.

Now that you know where you are, look to the left as I’m driving out of downtown on Gurley and you will see the church in the distance. Yes, the light is red!

I found a place to park and walked around to get some closer views.

As you come into town this is the view you would see as you look to the right. This actually was taken from the parking lot across the side street. Later you will see a close-up of the door behind the little tree in the middle of the picture.

view from the sidewalk across the street
front view from the same side of the street

I don’t like this one as much because I cut off the steeple. Getting good close-up pictures of buildings is an art, don’t you think. One of the best people I’ve met for doing this is Leanne Cole. Somehow her vast talent did not rub off on me.

copper front door

Here is a close-up of the copper-coated front door which looks more beautiful when admired from a distance. It does not have a patina which makes me wonder if it is really copper, or if they clean it regularly. You can see the wrinkles at the top left and really all over the door, which tells you that it isn’t wood! Did Ted sign his name at the bottom? I didn’t notice that when I took the picture.

Another problem I have taking pictures no matter how much time I take to line up everything is getting things straight. After I take the picture, I use the Geometry section in Bridge to align everything. However, even Bridge has a hard time making all those angles line up properly.

A close-up of the first side door into the church.

Just so you know this is really a historic church, here’s the sign to prove it. You know me I can’t resist anything historic. Can you imagine how many buildings in the United States have received this plaque? Notice also that the building is brick. There was a huge fire in downtown Prescott in 1900, so residents learned their lesson well.

I thought I saw a sign saying that this was originally a First Baptist Church, but you can’t quote me on it because I didn’t take a picture of the proof. Now, however, it is a First Congregational Church.

This is the first of a series of Prescott Downtown, mostly Doors, and Windows that I’ll be doing for the next few weeks. I may be linking the series to other Challenge posts as well. Cee always has some great words that inspire me like this recent one CBWC about wheels. I’ve been looking forward to the CFFC taking lots of squiggly pictures for weeks and even though I’m on break that week, you may see a squiggly post sneak in on Always Write.

Coming Up on Always Write

  • Story Chat Summary of Anne Goodwin’s amazing story, “The Power of Verticality” next Tuesday. If you haven’t commented, I’ll leave comments open until Sunday at noon.
  • Story Chat with a short story from Charli Mills at Carrot Ranch Literary Community. You’ll find some of your favorite Story Chat authors’ newest short stories in 99 words, no more no less if you click the link!
  • WQW – on break for the next two weeks. You can still post YOUR WQW links to the post this week on Hope or Faith, Which is Which?
  • PPAC – on break next week You can still post YOUR PPAC links to the post coming up tomorrow.
  • Don’t miss YOUR favorite challenges. If you ever have a special one you don’t want me to miss, feel free to post a link in one of my comment sections. I am super random about visiting blogs except for the folks who post in my challenges, and they leave me links! Links are my friend.
  • I’ll be visiting mostly by phone during my break. So you get a break from long comments in your comment boxes! LOL Lots of love and hugs xxx
See you around! Have a great day!

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    • Thank you so much. I think it is a stunning church, and I was so excited to get the time to get out of the car and take pictures. The weather cooperated as well. 🙂

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    • You must come, Donna. It’s a unique place, and quote a draw for tourists in the spring and fall, especially. Summers are nice here, and many people from the valley own a second home here to get away from the heat.

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    • I’ve never been inside the church, Janis. That’s the closest I’ve been. I love the windows as well, and I’ll link to post for Ludwig to see on Monday Windows and maybe add a few more.

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Hi, I'm Marsha Ingrao, a retired educator and wife of a retired realtor. My all-consuming hobby is blogging and it has changed my life. My friends live all over the world. In November 2020, we sold everything and retired to the mile-high desert of Prescott, AZ. We live less than five miles from the Granite Dells, four lakes, and hundreds of trails with our dog, Kalev, and two cats, Moji and Nutter Butter. Vince's sister came with us and lives close by. Every day is a new adventure.

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